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  • Bullying is difficult to define, because in today's society it extends much further beyond someone taking your child's lunch money or pushing him or her around on the playground, and the effects of this type of behavior go much deeper than a black eye. Teasing, taunting, ethnic slurs and sexual harassment are all forms of bullying. Bullying behavior is generally repetitive hostility and aggression directed toward a victim who is physically or mentally weaker than the bully. Thus, being a parent I've learned to be vigilant and more particular on the safety of my teens especially when it comes with bullying cases. Then I found this site that provides a protection for children from a safety mobile protection that can access family, friends and 911 in times of emergency. I just downloaded their application on their iPhone. Here’s where you can find it:http://safekidzone.com/eMail/RelentlessProtection/
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What is it

  1. 1. What is it?<br />
  2. 2. Key components<br /><ul><li>Aggressive: Intent to harm
  3. 3. Imbalance of power
  4. 4. Social standing
  5. 5. Peer support
  6. 6. Physical
  7. 7. Pattern / recurrence</li></li></ul><li>Is there an “epidemic of kids being ‘bullied to death’”?<br />Suicide rates among youth have been falling significantly and steadily since 1995. <br />
  8. 8. Is there an “epidemic of kids being ‘bullied to death’”?<br />Simplistic, single-factor explanations of suicide are rarely accurate.<br />
  9. 9. Most “bullying” in our school system is relational / social.<br />
  10. 10. Roles<br />Bully<br />Bullied (victim)<br />Bystander (peers & adults)<br />Bully/victim<br />
  11. 11. Bystander behavior<br />Does nothing to help (watch or walk away)<br />Does something active to contribute to bullying<br />Does nothing on scene but takes some action later<br />Does something on scene to stop bullying or help victim<br />
  12. 12. Generally<br />Peaks in middle school / junior high.<br />In high school, starts to look less like bullying and more like harassment (sexual, ethnic, religious)<br />
  13. 13. Victims<br />“It is not politically correct to suggest that some children have physical and personality characteristics that place them at risk for victimization, but it is true.” (Swearer, et al.)<br />Victims are selected and this selection is often “a judgment (based on) a real understanding of the victim’s weakness and how the child is perceived by classmates.”<br />
  14. 14. By the way…<br />Teacher attachment in 5th grade was a strong predictor of lower levels of bullying for students in the 6th grade.<br />
  15. 15. Best Practices<br />Assess and address school climate<br />Assess bullying/victimization<br />Train all staff: Recognizing and reporting<br />Create anti-bullying team<br />Staff, parents, students<br />
  16. 16. Best Practices <br />Develop and disseminate clear rules and consequences<br />Increase adult supervision<br />Provide individual assistance<br />Allow class time to focus on social/emotional learning<br />REPORT BULLYING AND HARASSMENT<br />